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The risks of distracted driving

Distracted driving has been a scourge on the road since cars were invented. People have been multi-tasking in cars since they were first introduced over 100 years ago. The latest fad, texting and driving, is merely the newest iteration in a line of issues that spans changing the radio, kissing and driving or putting on makeup. This article will go over the risks of distracted driving.

According to the CDC, there are three types of distractions: manual, visual and cognitive. This article will address each type in turn.

Manual distractions are the classic examples, like reaching for a phone or reaching back to comfort a crying baby. These are especially dangerous because they pull your hands or maybe even feet away from operating the vehicle. If an emergency were to happen suddenly, you might be unable to return to the wheel to assert control over the vehicle.

Visual distractions probably happen every time you take a drive. A visual distraction is anything that pulls your eyes away from the road. Maybe you are tracing a police cruiser in your rear view mirror or watching someone ride a bike. Regardless of the circumstance, even seconds can mean the difference between an accident and a close call.

Finally, cognitive distractions are events that pull your focus away from the road. Usually, these are conversations with people. Yes, even if you have a hands-free device, you are still being distracted. Conversations are dynamic interactions that require you to focus, which means you aren't paying as much attention as you should to the road.

Even when it is incredibly clear that you were the victim, and the other person was at fault, you still need to go through insurance. The insurance company may or may not offer you a settlement or may even opt to fight your claim, regardless of the merits. An attorney can help prepare your claim so that you are ready to confront any and all opposition to your right to compensation.

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